FALCON AND THE WINTER SOLDIER

In this installment of Redmond's Review, he imparts his views of the series, 'Falcon and the Winter Soldier'.

Falcon and the Winter Soldier and its article image are presented courtesy of Marvel.

FALCON AND THE WINTER SOLDIER

Did you watch the “Falcon and the Winter Soldier”? The show on Disney+ from the wonderful creative minds at Marvel was a wonderful follow up to “Wandavision”. Both shows seemed to help keep us all entertained at a time when many of us really needed to be. I was asked not too long ago, by a college teammate of mine who is also a friend, “What did I think of the words of Captain America toward the end of the final episode?” Upon reflection, I could sum up my thoughts in one word, BRAVO!

THE ‘SAILBOAT’ CONCEPT

I do not enter into the world of name calling and identifying politics. Rather I vacillate like a tacking sail depending upon the variables I find myself in. Meaning, I look at all the variables (metaphorically speaking using the example of the weather and the sail) to let me know the best course to take or if I should even sail at all. While, at the same time, understand that as a ‘sailboat’ I am built for water transportation and not expect the ‘sailboat’ to fly in the air.

I believe a fictional character can and should, if the screen writer, author, or poet decides to express views that are important to the person who is ‘breathing life into the fictional character’. As followers of the world of Marvel or DC comics, we accept the multiverse concept, if this is so, how can we say if whatever is spoken from Captain America (remember ‘Hail Hydra’) is anything but the “dramatic license” of the creators of the show?

CAPTAIN AMERICA – NEXT GENERATION

Now I know what you may be thinking, Darren, you answered the question but you did not go to the heart of the question. This is true but it really is a different question. Maybe, it is do I agree with some, part of all of the comments made by Captain America? I find it ironic in a way because during my college years my nickname was ‘Cap’ or Captain America. Blond hair and blue eyes tend to make that nickname come to life (along with others I won’t mention they were funny and salty and best left to the imagination). So, to answer the question I would respond in this way, BRAVO. Yes, there’s that word again. To me, Anthony Mackie plays the character Captain America! Not the Black Captain America, Not the Black Falcon who is now Captain America. He is Captain America plain and simple.

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Courtesy of Marvel, Darren Redmond reviews Season One of ‘Falcon and the Winter Soldier’.

As for his soliloquy at the end of the season finale, I believe the points he raised not only have merit and substance but allow the viewer, if they want to, the opportunity to look up aspects of the points he raised. There was nothing “Woke” about his words, rather I saw them as ‘we can do better’.

THIS COUNTRY WAS CREATED FROM SKIN SHADES OF EVERY HUE

This country was created by skin shades of every hue. It has been fought for and protected by skin shades of every hue. And it survives today because of skin shades of every hue. Hate, evil and oppression come in every hue as well. So does love, charity and grace.

Captain America pointed out to me, my interpretation, that women and men of his skin hue helped create this country. It belongs to him and people with similar skin hues, and to people with the hue of the first peoples in North America and the Pacific Rim and everywhere else in the world. If you feel slighted I did not mention your skin hue, respectfully I ask you to please understand I include your skin hue as well.

As for Captain America and the Winter Soldier, I look forward to season two.

Written By: Darren Redmond


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STORY – COMMON SOLDIER OF THE CIVIL WAR

Darren Redmond produces weekly installments from his annals of REDMOND'S REVIEWS. This week he provides a book of historical accounting of the story of a common soldier who fought in the US Civil War, which lasted from 1861-1865.

Story starts with this week’s installment of REDMOND’S REVIEW. Darren enlightens the audience with his synopsis of the following book.

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Darren Redmond produces weekly installments from his annals of REDMOND’S REVIEWS. This week he provides a book of historical accounting of the story of a common soldier who fought in the US Civil War, which lasted from 1861-1865.

STORY OF A COMMON SOLDIER OF THE UNITED STATES CIVIL WAR

Story is available in the public domain, ‘The Story of a Common Soldier of Army Life in the Civil War, 1861-1865’ 

Written by Judge Leander Stillwell, this is a very engaging and historically important book. This autobiographical work, explains it in great detail from the Arthur’s first-hand account of what it was like in the day-to-day activity of a civil war soldier born in the north,but fighting in the south.

Within this book we learn of the author’s meeting after the war with General Sherman, and of his participation in The Siege of Vicksburg. Also of his fighting at Shiloh. The reader will be enthralled with knowledge about the war that they may have never known, vitally important to anyone who wants to learn the complete story about what it was like during the Civil War for the soldier.

We learned that soldiers on both sides were able to vote. Did you know that some soldiers voted illegally? And, did you know that all of the written correspondence to their field command of both generals, Grant and Lee by order of Congress was released into the public?

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Leander Stillwell writes of an accounting of a common soldier of the US Army during the Civil War.

SUMMATION

This book could act as a college-level course in the Civil War itself and how a soldier’s life was affected by it. Not surprised but I learned a lot when the author talked at Great length about how is Soldier rather be sick out in the field than ever step foot in a army Hospital.

I also found it surprising that the soldiers rather engage in full-on action on the front lines of the big battles not for Honor but rather for safety then have to deal with small bands of independent fighters from both sides. If you are interested in the Civil War read this book.

Written By: Darren Redmond


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